Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “strike up something”

strike up something

(START FRIENDSHIP) phrasal verb with strike    /strɑɪk/ verb (past tense and past participle struck  /strʌk/)
to create or establish a relationship or conversation with someone: She struck up a relationship with an artist soon after she arrived in Paris .
(Definition of strike up something (START FRIENDSHIP) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of strike up something

Word of the Day


relating to behaviour between people that is pleasant and friendly, often despite a difficult situation

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More